UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, PACIFIC HALL LAB 209 Architect: Richard Shugar, AIA LEED AP Completed 2010 Eugene, Oregon The objective of this project was to remodel an existing classroom space into a new laboratory suite at the University of Oregon. The scope of the project included a faculty office, a post-graduate office, a series of student workstations, in addition to the laboratory spaces. The research focus of the user group was Dendroecology, the study of tree rings, which required separate dirty and clean rooms for the preparation and analysis of samples. Spatially, the redesign divides the room into 3 distinct zones: investigation, collaboration, and synthesis. The main laboratory space occupies the north end of the room, wrapping the walls with casework and counter top work surfaces, and a large central island. The conference area and student workstations share the central zone, divided by a partial-height wall that provide privacy without isolation from daylight. At the south end, the offices are arranged to have a direct connection to the collaboration zone, however with the ability to be isolated from the fumes and noise from other spaces. Aesthetically, the design intent was to give this space a contemporary, dynamic, non-institutional sense without compromising the functionality of the space. Exposed natural wood was incorporated into the finish palette to bring visual warmth into the space, as well as tie the nature of the work being performed in the space. While aesthetics and durability were considerations, the critical factor in the selection of finishes was the toxicity of the materials. One of the challenges for this project was that the primary user suffers from multiple chemical sensitivities, so every material, product and construction method had to be carefully evaluated to determine it was safe for the user. Ultimately, these considerations make the space healthier for all users, as well as the environment, by emitting minimal VOC’s and contributing to better overall indoor air quality.